Last updated 4 months ago
Do you know all of the symptoms of a stroke? What about all of the warning signs of a heart attack? Many people do not know some of the major signals of these two medical emergencies, which require an immediate call to 911. In this infographic, you’ll learn when to call 911 if a person needs emergency care for stroke or heart attack symptoms. You’ll also find out when you should call 911 to go to your local hospital in Kansas City even if there are no signs of a stroke or heart attack. Remember, if you are ever unsure of whether a person needs to go to the hospital, call 911! Play it safe and please share this information with your Kansas City friends and family.
Last updated 5 months ago
For many families, fireworks shows are some of the most exciting and memorable events of the summer holidays. Unfortunately, fireworks can be quite dangerous and may pose a risk to your family’s health. The best way to avoid the potential injury associated with fireworks is to avoid bringing fireworks, firecrackers, or sparklers into your home. Leave the fireworks to the professionals and take your family to enjoy a public show from a safe distance.
If you do decide to bring fireworks home, make sure that they are legal in your area. Do not allow children to handle fireworks or their fragments after the show is over. If you are lighting the fireworks, never point them at the home, vegetation, or any other people that may be present. Keep a bucket of water on hand in case of any emergencies.
If you or your loved ones suffer a medical emergency this summer, consider visiting the healthcare experts at Menorah Medical Center. Our Emergency Department is always open to provide rapid, professional medical care to your family. Call our staff today at (913) 871-8457 to learn more about our emergency room services and wait times.
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Swimming is a great way for kids to have fun, beat the heat, and stay physically active throughout the summer months. There are some illnesses, however, that are associated with recreational swimming and can be easily spread through the water. This video from the CDC provides some helpful information about one of the most common illnesses associated with summer swimming and what you can do to keep your kids and others safe this season.
Menorah Medical Center of Overland Park is dedicated to providing advanced, compassionate healthcare to those from all walks of life. You can learn more about our medical services and extraordinary staff by calling (913) 871-8457.
Last updated 5 months ago
Summer weather often means spending more time outdoors enjoying sports, swimming, and fun. However, the heat and humidity of the season can lead to health problems such as sunburn, dehydration, and asthma attacks. Read on to learn more about how you can stay healthy while out in the scorching summer heat:
Protect Your Skin from the Sun
As you spend time in the sun this summer, be sure to take the necessary steps to prevent sunburn and skin cancer. Apply sunscreen that provides UVA and UVB protection with an SPF of 30 or greater and reapply every two hours or as indicated on the packaging. Wear protective clothing, including long-sleeved shirts, pants, sunglasses, and a hat. Seek shade when possible and be extra cautious near sand or water, as they can increase your risk for skin damage by reflecting the sun’s rays.
You should drink about three quarts of water per day to maintain healthy fluid levels in your body. When spending time outside on hot, summer days, you should drink even more to avoid dehydration. Persons of advanced age and the very young are especially susceptible to dehydration. To prevent a medical emergency, become familiar with the symptoms of dehydration: dry mouth, dizziness, fatigue, thirst, infrequent urination, dry skin, and dark-colored urine. Babies will cry without tears and will not soil their diapers for three hours or more. If you suspect dehydration, drink small amounts of water over a long period of time—drinking too much at once can lead to vomiting.
Keep Track of Pollen Levels
For those with asthma, summer can be a difficult time. Pollen levels are usually high, and the increased humidity promotes mold growth. For both children and adults, these conditions can lead to an increased frequency of allergies and asthma attacks. If you or a loved one is prone to asthma attacks, watch the pollen and mold levels carefully and stay indoors on days when they are very high. Speaking with your doctor about preventive care can also be helpful in reducing symptoms.
For more information about preventing dehydration and keeping your loved ones safe this summer, speak with the healthcare team at Menorah Medical Center. You can reach us on our website at www.menorahmedicalcenter.com or by calling (913) 871-8457.
Last updated 6 months ago
Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays becomes increasingly important as the days draw closer to summer. With more opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, now is the time to make sure that you’re doing all you can to prevent UVB and UVA exposure, which can lead to skin cancer. Cancer care experts recommend wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen every time you go outdoors regardless of whether it’s sunny or cloudy. To get the most out of your sunscreen, apply it approximately a half-hour before you go outside. Reapply after two hours or sooner if you engage in vigorous activities that may cause you to sweat. Also, by wearing protective clothing, you can block a great amount of sun exposure. Long-sleeved shirts and slacks can offer protection for your arms and legs, while sunglasses and a hat can safeguard your scalp, ears, neck, and face.
Did you know that May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month? Menorah Medical Center offers cancer care options for patients in the greater Kansas City area. If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, call our facility at (913) 871-8457 to schedule a treatment consultation.